By Nigar Abbasova
Turkmenistan, the country with tremendous gas resources, has increased the production of liquefied gas. Turkmengas state concern, the biggest production and economic complex of the country, has produced 128,800 tons of LNG since early 2016, while the figure is higher than the one fixed in the target plan for the period.
The Turkmenbashi Complex of Oil Refineries (TCOR) earlier announced its plans to produce 340,000 tons of LNG in 2016, while the volume produced by TCOR in 2015 amounted to 300,000 tons. The LNG production plan of the country envisages the production of almost 450,000 tons of the resource.
Turkmenistan operates two LNG terminals, located in the east of the country, both of which are provided with fuel from Nayip, Balguyi, Kerpichli, Bovrideshik and Gazlydepe deposits. In 2009, the country completed construction of the first Turkmen marine LNG terminal on the coast of the Caspian Sea at the port of Kiyanly, annual capacity of which is 200,000 tons and enoys a possibility of a significant increase over the next several years.
A number of natural gas fields in Turkmenistan contain sufficient propane-butane, which stipulates the feasibility of the construction of units to produce liquefied petroleum gas. Some tank gas is supplied to the domestic market. Turkmengas state concern and a power plant in the city of Turkmenbashi are the main consumers.
The remaining volumes are used in the refineries of the country for the production of polypropylene and high-octane gasoline component. Afghanistan, Georgia, Iran, Tajikistan and Pakistan are among the buyers of the Turkmen liquefied gas.
The country plans to significantly increase production by 2030, while the increase is planned to be achieved through the construction of new LNG plants in other parts of the country
The advantage of LNG over other fuels is that it is a more economic source of energy as compared to black products. The heavy hydrocarbons in natural gas are removed during the process of liquefaction making LNG cleaner than natural gas.
Nigar Abbasova is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @nigyar_abbasova
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